The Quinton Report in the News Today


Let’s discuss a couple of items related to previous posts in the past 24 hours.

This morning Jim Geraghty of National Review made this tweet about my post on Delores Kelley:

The Quinton Report received a significant amount of traffic due to Geraghty’s tweet (he has over 43,000 followers) and the 51 times it was retweeted. There was also a traffic spike due to the tweet being featured on the website of NRO’s The CornerWalter Olson of The Cato Institute also blogged on the Kelley story.

Another source of a large amount of traffic today was the front page at after my post on Ron George’s comments on a couple of gubernatorial debates was included in Featured Posts from Baltimore Area Blogs:


Online problems continue to plague campaigns


I’ve previously written about problems in execution various candidates have had for social media and email platforms. This time I have an item for three different campaigns.

Authority lines are one issue. Here’s what John Wagner pointed out in a December 2013 story about many candidates and legislators not having authority lines on their Twitter account:

Under regulations issued in 2010, all candidates in Maryland are supposed to include an “authority line” when they promote themselves on social media, including Facebook and Twitter. Violations are subject to a fine of up to $500.


With new enforcement powers that were included in legislation passed this year, [State Board of Elections official Jared] DeMarinis said the elections board intends to start cracking down on candidates who aren’t following the rules.

A reminder about the social-media requirements was included in a memo that the board sent in September to candidates, their chairman and their treasurers. There are also reminders on the board’s campaign finance Web site.

I noticed yesterday that Mike Hough, via his @houghforsenate twitter account had an authority line, but it was an incorrect one. The authority line was attributed to Hough for Delegate. After checking to make sure his current campaign organization was indeed called Hough for Senate, I made this tweet:

Shortly thereafter, the profile was changed to correct the authority line. This was apparently just an oversight made back in February when Delegate Hough announced he was running for senate.

There’s another candidate in District 4 running for delegate with authority line issues. David Vogt has no authority line at all on his Twitter or Facebook accounts.

Here’s his Twitter account profile for @Vote4VogtTeam:


UPDATE:  Almost a month after he filed, Vogt’s campaign corrected the Twitter account shortly after I made this post today (3/17/14)

This is something that should have been taken care of when Vogt entered the race for delegate after dropping out of the congressional race. He withdrew from the congressional and filed for delegate on February 20. Vogt had another Twitter account (@Vote4VogtMedia) affiliated with his congressional campaign, but it has been inactive since November.

Vogt also neglected to put authority lines on his campaign Facebook page. (UPDATE: His campaign added an authority line to the about section on the Facebook page shortly after I posted this also. That was something they previously neglected to do since February 20.)

Here’s the main view:


Here’s the full about page:



Moving on from the authority lines, the next issue is a minor one by comparison.

Today, the campaign of Charles Lollar posted a link on Facebook to a message from Art Laffer. It was clear when you clicked on the link that the message had originally been sent as an email. However, when you go to the page from it being linked in Facebook or elsewhere the code for variables (for mail merge) show like this:

Dear {{ recipient.first_name_or_friend }},

This relates to the message text being manually posted into a blog post (NationBuilder does not auto-generate web versions of emails)  from the original email without the codes being removed. As I said, it’s not a huge deal but it’s something that can be fixed moving forward.

Here’s what it looked like:


As I’ve noted,  I have critiqued campaign/political emails and social media on more than one occasion before. Most recently a critiqued a poorly executed David Brinkley email and a brutally ugly Larry Hogan email. Additionally, I pointed out the problems in another Hogan email.

I previously wrote about ethical issues with Wade Kach emails. I did the same for an email sent by Kathy Szeliga and got a very nice response and reaction from her about it. I also criticized a Maryland GOP email sent out in April. Additionally, I was critical of one of the worst political emails I’ve ever seen sent by the Lollar campaign (that was in addition to writing about all the twists and turns while the Lollar campaign website was down for 11 days.) I wrote about the Maryland GOP sending out a 1300-word email on the 4th of July and the campaign of Ken Cuccinelli sending out an 1100 word email. These are all subjects I have written about before based on my experiences being  involved in the process of creating and sending political emails all the way up to the point of clicking on the big green send button in the email system.

Odd or questionable gov’t employee workers’ comp claims


The Baltimore Sun reports on some odd workman’s compensation filings by government workers

Here are some of the oddest filings we spotted:
•An Anne Arundel County government worker filed a claim after a “big gust of wind knocked her off her feet and she fell over backwards.”
•A Harford County maintenance worker filed a claim after attempting to get gasoline while on the job: “Reached for fuel cap, turned it, felt pop in left ring finger.”
•A Baltimore city worker filed an overexertion claim, alleging that he was standing “monitoring car wash when he started to have pain in right knee.”
•A Howard County jail employee filed after reporting that he “injured his knee while attempting to run from a raccoon.”

Which one do you think is the oddest claim? Do you think another word besides odd should be used to describe these?

Read what you missed this weekend


Larry Hogan’s campaign is spending all day Monday in Western Maryland assuming the weather permits it.

Maryland State Senator Delores Kelley (a Democrat) called for more regulations because the “general public is not smart enough” to not be fooled.

If you missed it Friday, Delegate Pat McDonough told me to go back to South Carolina (where I haven’t lived in almost 8 years) just because I asked him a question.

There was a debate Friday morning between Maryland gubernatorial candidates David Craig and Larry Hogan. It was closed to the media and no other candidates were invited. Ron George wasn’t happy about not being invited to that debate or how the organizers treated him. George also seems to blame Hogan supporters for shutting him out of debate on March 26 when the State House is in session.

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) now has 7 primary opponents. Filing opens this week and it appears it will be difficult for Graham to avoid a runoff election.

Following up some previous stories, Chick-Fil-A has given the option to individual location owners to sell fish sandwiches during Lent.

McConnelling became a trending topic over the weekend. Here’s one example.

Apparently because they were worried about negative media attention, the California Republican Party banned anti-Hillary Clinton stickers from being sold at their convention. They also banned a “Save a Tree, Eat a Beaver” sticker.

A state-owned company in Russia claimed to have brought down a U.S. drone flying over Crimea by hacking into its control systems.

It was reported that Navy SEALs who killed Osama bin Laden pumped over 100 rounds into his body. Some are saying that, if true, this could be why pictures of the body were never released.

Veneto (a region including Venice, Padua, and Cizenza) is holding a vote on whether to secede from Italy.

With the news that Alabama is about to ban bestiality, it was revealed that the District of Columbia and several states have no direct prohibition against bestiality.

Delores Kelley: Poster Child for the Nanny State


From The Baltimore Sun

Sen. Delores G. Kelley, a Baltimore County Democrat, said she thought it was “unconscionable” to not regulate rates. At a recent work session on the issue, Kelley rejected the contention from Lyft and Uber that it’s a matter of consumer choice about whether to use the application to book a ride and they won’t do it if the price is too high.

“We regulate all sorts of things because the general public is not smart enough to know when they’re about to be fleeced,” Kelley said. [emphasis added]

This specific article was about issues related to Uber but it is really illuminating for a liberal Democrat like Kelley to admit that what she thinks about the general public and why that is her motivation for even more regulations.

Walter Olson of The Cato Institute writes on this issue:

But what about members of the general public who are smart enough to know they’re about to be fleeced, but are unable to do anything about it because it’s lawmakers and market incumbents combining to make that happen?

Larry Hogan spending St. Patrick’s Day in Western Maryland


Larry Hogan’s schedule for Monday (assuming the weather cooperates) from his website is posted below.

The campaign will make stops in Oakland, Cumberland, Hagerstown, and Frederick. The schedule includes the following stops:

  • 8:00 – 9:00 am, Meet and Greet at Trader’s Coffee House; 21311 Garrett Highway, Oakland, MD 21550
  • 10:30 am – 12:00 pm, Meet and Greet at Cornish Manor Restaurant; 830 Memorial Drive, Oakland, MD 21550
  • 1:30 – 2 pm, Meet and Greet at Curtis Famous Coney Island Wieners; 35 N. Liberty Street, Cumberland, MD 21502
  • 2:00 – 3:00 pm, Keynote Speaker at Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Allegany County GOP Headquarters; 100 Mechanic Street, Cumberland, MD 21502
  • 5:00 – 6:30 pm, Meet and Greet at Bulls & Bears; 38 S. Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740
  • 7:30 – 9:30 pm, St. Patrick’s Day Party at Jekyll & Hyde Tavern; 906 N. East Street, Frederick, MD 21701


Ron George expresses displeasure on debates


A discussion took place on a Republican Club of Frederick County group on Facebook that started out with a David Craig volunteer  sparring with gubernatorial candidate Brian Vaeth and others about who won the debate, who was invited, and who the best candidate is. Things between the Craig supporter and Vaeth got a little heated and then Ron George joined the conversation.

George complained about not being informed of Friday’s debate (which only included David Craig and Larry Hogan and was closed to the media) and finding out about it 10 days beforehand. He also claimed that attempts to call the organizers resulted in no return calls and being up on once.

George then goes on to discuss a debate on March 26 in Montgomery County that he isn’t able to attend because the House will be in session. He claims to have been told he didn’t have to be in session by the organizers of the event two months ago when he asked if they could wait until after session was over. George also claims to have heard the organizers of the debate are Hogan supporters who did it to shut him out.

That event is the Chevy Chase Women’s Republican Club Forum on the 26th at Ted’s 355 in Rockville. Ellen Sauerbrey is the introductory speaker and Blair Lee is the moderator. They note that George will be in session but they don’t have Brian Vaeth listed at all.

Here’s the conversation on Facebook:


Report: Bin Laden shot more than 100 times


Daily Mail

A new report from a website known within the intelligence and armed services community claims that the sheer number of times that Osama bin Laden was shot is the reason why the government has never released photos of his dead body.

Citing two confidential sources, The Special Operations Forces Situation Report tells how ‘operator after operator took turns dumping magazines-worth of ammunition into Bin Laden’s body’.


At the time of the assassination, President Obama and his administration argued that they were justified in never releasing the photos of the dead body or the burial at sea because they could be used as propaganda for al Qaeda.

The new theories, however, suggest that they are just trying to avoid retribution for allegedly being excessive.

If this story is true, not releasing photos makes more sense now.

Venice region could secede from Italy

Venician flag flying over Saint Marks Basilica - Venice

Sunday Express

Over the next five days up to four million Venetians will be given the chance to go to the polls and vote on whether Veneto, one of Italy’s three wealthiest regions, should secede from Italy and become an “independent and sovereign federal republic”.

The “plebiscito” will also ask voters to tick “si” or “no” to EU membership, and to vote for delegates to lead the new republic out of a list of 30 candidates.

At stake for angry Venetians is the £17billion in taxes separatists claim are “stolen” from Veneto’s coffers every year by Rome to prop up a failing Italian economy.

The region which, apart from Venice, includes the cities of Verona, Padua, Vicenza and Treviso, has a working population of 3.8million and a healthy annual GDP of around £120billion.

Half, however, leaves the region in national taxes, contributing around 10 per cent of Italy’s GDP.

More information on Veneto.

Lindsey Graham has 7 GOP primary opponents now


The State

Benjamin Dunn, a Columbia attorney, became the seventh Republican to announce his intentions to challenge U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham last week. The Pickens County native has served as an infantry officer in the S.C. Army National Guard and was deployed to advise Afghan troops. “(The) loss of liberty has largely gone unnoticed as Americans have become too preoccupied with the machinations of celebrity and the minutiae of posts, texts and tweets to realize the extent to which government is increasing its influence over every aspect of our lives,” Dunn wrote in a news release.

The odds of Graham avoiding a runoff are continually decreasing based on polling numbers and on the number of opponents. Filing opens next week.